In the spring he was simply sensational and fell a little less than two lengths shy of becoming one of the sport's greatest legends when a dead-heat for fourth in the Belmont Stakes deprived him of a Triple Crown sweep.
Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count, a close third in this year's Belmont Stakes and one-for-one on turf, will return to the grass Sept. 6 for the inaugural $250,000 Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs, which kicks off its five-day meet.
California Chrome is expected to return to the work tab Aug. 8 with his first official move since running fourth in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, according to connections of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner.
After a somewhat disappointing Triple Crown campaign, Wicked Strong started the second half of his sophomore season in fine style, turning the tables on Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes July 26 at Saratoga Race Course.
On a day when some people would like to see the New York Racing Association run the Belmont Stakes, a considerably smaller but nonetheless enthusiastic crowd turned out to watch "a big day" of racing unfold on a beautiful July afternoon.